Category Archives: Newsletters

The Backpack Program is Saved!

Back in early December, we had a bit of a scare. Governor Baker, as part of his 9C budget cuts, slashed $110,000 of state funding for the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program. This was 100% of the funding we had been … Continue reading

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What We’re Up To: Winter 2017 Edition

It used to be that winter was a quieter season here at Food For Free. With Thanksgiving long gone and most farmers’ markets closed for the year, we used to spend winter quietly planning for the coming year, while continuing … Continue reading

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Spotlight on: Somerville Family Learning Collaborative

Everyone at Food For Free is really pleased to be reaching more students and families with our Family Meals program this year. One of our newest distribution partners is the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC). Family Meals Program Manager Fiona … Continue reading

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Supporting a new kind of student at Cambridge College

College student. What comes to mind when you read those words? Many people picture college students as 18-22 years old, earning a 4-year degree, living on campus, perhaps receiving financial support from parents, perhaps anxious about paying back loans, or perhaps both. … Continue reading

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What we’re up to: Fall 2016 edition

Our programs keep growing: Home Delivery: We are proud to have expanded to serve everyone who had been on our waiting list! Through some creative collaboration with our partners, Homeowners Rehabilitation, Inc., we’re now able to deliver Home Delivery boxes more … Continue reading

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What we’re up to: Summer 2016 edition

New truck on its way! Starting in August, we’ll be able to move more food in fewer trips—we’ll be replacing our current Little Truck with a new refrigerated truck that boasts a higher cargo capacity. Good news for our food rescue partners, and for the environment, too! New grants: Speaking of generous … Continue reading

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Meet our new program: Family Meals!

Antoine Boucicaut at our Allston motel Family Meals distribution site “What do you like? Hamburger? Chicken and potato? It [will] make you smart and strong.” In the hallway of an Allston hotel where homeless families are being sheltered, Antoine Boucicaut … Continue reading

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What’s going on around here? (Spring 2016 edition)

New food donors: Google has joined us as a Prepared Foods partner, and we’re now picking up surplus meals from their Kendall Square office’s storied dining area. Chipotle in Central Square is now contributing surplus Prepared Foods. Trader Joe’s in Needham … Continue reading

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Spotlight on: Whole Foods

We’ve got 4 fun facts to share about our food donation partner, Whole Foods Market. Ready? Go! 4. Supporters since Day One: Ever since there has been a Whole Foods at Prospect Street, River Street, Fresh Pond, and Beacon Street, … Continue reading

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2015: A very good year!

HOW MUCH FOOD did we distribute in 2015? Through our Food Rescue and Distribution programs, Food For Free distributed 2 million lbs of food in 2015! In 2014, that number was 1.5 million lbs.  In 2013, it was 1 million. No doubt about it: Food … Continue reading

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